(July 2012) by Dr Warwick Palmer
Tobacco smoking is a major public health problem in New Zealand. Overall, around 23% of New Zealanders smoke tobacco. Prevalence is higher among Maori (46%) and Pacific people (36%).
Stopping smoking confers immediate health benefits on those who already have smoking-related disease and future health benefits for all smokers.
All medical centres have a commitment to enhancing and supporting the health and well being of patients, staff and visitors to the community. The aim of a smoke free environmental policy is to help prevent exposure to the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke.
With an ever increasing drive for a smoke free environment, the “smoke free environment policy” deserves revisiting.
It is part of our purpose as health care providers at every level to help and support those who smoke by requesting: